Method Man Thinks Waiting 88 Years to Release ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ is Stupid
Earlier this week, RZA revealed that Wu-Tang's final album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, the one-of-a-kind LP that is currently being auctioned off for millions of dollars, will not be available to the public until 2103. That's not a typo, that's 88 years from now. Upon announcing, the public all had the common thought that nearly nine decades is quite a lengthy amount of time to wait to unveil the material. However, as Wu-Tang has always served up the unusual, fans didn't really think twice. XXL hopped on the line with Method Man earlier today (Mar. 4) to talk about his new movie, The Cobbler, and according to the hip-hop icon, the idea to wait nearly a century to release the album is flat-out stupid.
"What do you mean 88 years?" Meth initially responded when asked about the extensive waiting period, seemingly unaware of the recent headlines. After a brief explanation, Method Man didn't hold back on what he really thought about the rollout of the LP. "Fuck that album," responded Method Man. "I'm tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. Fuck that album, if that's what they are doing. I haven't heard anything like that, but if they're doing crap like that, fuck that album. Straight up. I'm just keeping it 100. When music can't be music and y'all turning it into something else, fuck that. Give it to the people, if they want to hear the shit, let them have it. Give it away free. I don't give a fuck; that ain't making nobody rich or poor. Give the fucking music out. Stop playing with the public, man."
He went on to reveal that he was a fan of the idea to sell a one-of-a-kind album for a hefty amount, but it's the following announcement that has caused him disdain. "I dug the whole idea in the beginning. I'm like, 'Wow, this has never been done before,'" he said. "I was cool with shit. But now, this is ridiculous. 88 years? Really? If that shit is true, that shit is stupid. You have to wait 88 years to hear some shit? By that time, it's going to be fuckin' played out. If it ain't already played out. I hope that's a rumor. Whoever said that, that shit is fuckin' stupid."
Although things don't appear to be so sweet with this release, fans can expect new music from Method Man soon. "I got some shit in the works," the rapper revealed. "Methlab is coming. [I'm working with] a bunch of Staten Island artists because I'm trying to get my people recognized. Wu-Tang ain't the only thing that can come out of Staten Island. There's a lot of talent in Staten Island. It's the Persona Non Grata that holds brothers back. It's always the Persona Non Grata."
Stay tuned next week for the rest of our interview with Method Man about The Cobbler, out Mar. 13. —Miranda J.